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Everyday Advocate:  Gifts for Kids that Do Good

Everyday Advocate: Gifts for Kids that Do Good

The Everyday Advocate series focuses on things that regular people like you and me can do to help in the world. It’s time for the second annual Gift Guide, highlighting gift ideas that help do good in the world.  I search around for gifts that I think are truly awesome, products I’d be interested in … Continue reading

Lists

Lists

I am a list maker.  I make to-do lists for every area of my life, from work to chores.  If I complete a task that wasn’t on my list, I add it to my list, then check it off. Outside of prepping to be on leave from work, I’ve got a to-do list of other … Continue reading

Calling Foul

Calling Foul

Last week I read the honest and thoughtful words of Bethany, a writer I’ve been following since January.  In that terrible month when I lost my girls, she lost her mother, who had breast cancer. And now it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when we cover the world with pink ribbons.  Hopefully we do so … Continue reading

The No Spend Month That Wasn’t

The No Spend Month That Wasn’t

Now, it’s only half way through the month, and no-spend is more in effect than not in effect. But overall, the first week and a half was a bust. Nearly every day I had some reason to spend some amount on something.  And while that something was always more worthwhile than junk food snacks at … Continue reading

10 Days – Guest Post

10 Days – Guest Post

Meet Margaret, class of 2012, with whom I had the pleasure of working last year on our short term service trips.  She co-led a team to serve in one of New York’s public schools as teaching assistants for the week.  While at our school, she also led an initiative called the 10 Days.     … Continue reading

Everyday Advocate: Facebook

Everyday Advocate: Facebook

The Half the Sky documentary is on my DVR, and I am eager to watch it, since I learned so much from Sheryl WuDunn when she visited our campus last year. I learned about it when a friend mentioned it in her status update.  Otherwise, I’d have missed it. Many of our church members have committed to a … Continue reading

Bringing Back No Spend Month

It’s No Spend October, did you know? Didn’t I just do this? Yup.  In July, we also did No Spend Month.  And then in August and September lots of things about life felt crazy and excessive.  Excessive busy-ness, excessive weight gain (it’s true, doctors are saying it’s happening too fast…just bein’ real for ya’), excessive … Continue reading

What to Do When You Realize You’re Rich

Recently one of my students and I ended up in a conversation about life after graduation.  (This is what happens when new seniors realize they really are moving into the world at the end of April.) Like many of his peers, especially those who work with our office, he is trying to understand his vocation in light of his … Continue reading

Not Your Grandma’s Baby Shower

Not Your Grandma’s Baby Shower

If you’ve been a reader for a bit, you likely know that I have a thing about intergenerational relationships.  Research increasingly points to this wonderful dynamic of mixing across the ages as a key to lifelong faith for adolescents.  What’s more, any of us in the older generations (doesn’t matter how much older) benefit as well.  And … Continue reading